Find Your Corner of the World to Help

There are a few things in this world that light my heart on fire, and atop that list are the precious children at the Emmanuel Orphanage in Jeremie, Haiti.

In 2014 I had the opportunity to take my first service based mission trip to Haiti. I was excited about the idea of bringing my 30th birthday in doing something meaningful and purposeful, but I had no idea what to expect. It didn’t take long for me to realize that this experience was going to be life changing.

The Emmanuel Orphanage is located in Jeremiè, Haiti, a remote city on the southern coast of Haiti. The orphanage is home for about 50 beautiful Haitian children and it is truly a special place. These kids are absolutely beautiful, incredibly intelligent, full of joy, and most of all - they are deserving. They deserve access to quality medical care, to have food security, to be properly nourished, to feel loved, to feel safe - and their community deserves dignity. That’s exactly what my mission work is rooted in. I’m incredibly passionate about doing my part in uplifting this community. I’ve had the privilege of being a part of their lives for the nearly 5 years. I serve with Mt Carmel Baptist Church out of Cross Plains Tennessee and our missions are focused on medical clinic work, vaccination outreach, clean water projects, agricultural projects, church building and outreach, but most importantly - building relationships with the children and the community as we share God’s love. The pillar of what we do is relationship building, focusing on continuity and consistency for the children. I’m committed to remaining a constant presence in their lives. Much work has been done but there is still so much work left to do. My vision is to assist these children and this community towards independence and empowerment. I want to be a part of the movement that empowers them to become leaders and game changers in their own community. Many under resourced communities often need a hand up rather than a hand out - and they deserve dignity as they strive to rise out of poverty. My approach to missions is about coming alongside folks in the community and allowing them the opportunity to take part in the conversations and the projects that are designed to serve them. They deserve a seat at the table and they know the needs of their community best.

As I continue in my mission work and partnership with this community in Haiti - I know that this journey will not be an easy one. Sometimes the needs can seem so great, and we as individuals can feel so small; and while it may be true that we cannot do it all - I believe that we all can do something. I’m committed to finding my corner of the world where I can make an impact and move the needle. I truly believe that if we all commit to ‘finding our corner’ - then the world changes, and so do we.

Karly Pavlinac